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Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module Datasheet

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Data Sheet

Intelligent Caching and Content Delivery Services for Cisco Routers

Accelerating User Productivity with the Cisco ACNS Solution

Integrating Content Networking and Branch-Office Routing

Hardware Architecture

Important Features of Cisco ACNS Software Version 5.1

Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module Product Summary

Cisco IOS Software Support

Performance

HTTP Caching Performance

Streaming Video Performance


Data Sheet


Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Modules

Intelligent Caching and Content Delivery Services for Cisco Routers

Figure 1

Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module

Cisco┬« 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules offer the industry's only router-integrated content-delivery system. Combining intelligent caching, content routing, and management with robust branch-office routing conserves WAN bandwidth for important branch IP services such as voice over IP (VoIP) and network security, while simplifying configuration, deployment, and operation. Cisco Application and Content Networking System (ACNS) Software combines the technologies of demand-pull caching and pre-positioning for accelerated delivery of Web applications, objects, files, and streaming media. Running Cisco ACNS Software, the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules enable Cisco customers to extend the value of their branch routers to deliver strategic new application services—with no performance degradation—such as:

Web-application acceleration (including software distribution)

Secure Web-content access management

Business video

Point-of-sale video and Web kiosks

Further, the content engine modules interoperate with all routers running Cisco IOS┬« Software, and important Cisco IOS Software features such as IP Multicast and Web Cache Communication Protocol (WCCP), while supporting a common command-line interface (CLI).

The Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules (Figure 1) fit into a single network module slot on the Cisco 2600 and 3600 series multiservice platforms and the Cisco 3700 Series multiservice access routers. Available configurations are a 40-GB hard disk, 80-GB hard disk, or Small Computer System Interface (SCSI) controller. The content engine module with a SCSI controller has no disk drive onboard and requires an external disk array.

Accelerating User Productivity with the Cisco ACNS Solution

The Cisco ACNS solution is an important component of the Cisco Full Service Branch, featuring intelligent application-enabling network services and adaptable "how-to" blueprints, addressing voice and video, network security, Web-application acceleration, Internet mobility, and connectivity services. These network-integrated, intelligent services allow organizations to boost productivity and customer satisfaction while lowering operational and capital expenses.

The primary benefits of the Cisco ACNS solution include:

Intelligent content services at the edge of the network

Web-application acceleration with advanced Web-content serving

Software and file distribution with optimized content distribution

Proxy caching with secure Web-content access management

Business video and retail kiosks with comprehensive streaming-media support

Scalable content acquisition and distribution

Superior content and network management and rich APIs

Integrating Content Networking and Branch-Office Routing

By offering integrated content delivery and branch-office routing, Cisco Systems® reduces the complexity of value-added services, while optimizing WAN bandwidth and reducing operational costs. The complete solution, featuring ACNS software and content engine network modules, makes it easy for organizations to start with a simple service, such as content acceleration or WAN cost reduction, and then add e-learning or corporate communications and other more advanced services. Organizations can take a phased approach, starting small and then scaling to higher capacity and availability. They can quickly deploy their business-critical Web applications with ease of management while preserving their infrastructure investment. The integration of the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module into the branch-office router provides a number of important customer benefits, including the following:

Physical space savings—The content engine module uses a single network module slot in a Cisco 2600, 3600, or 3700 series router.

Simple power and cable management—The content engine module takes advantage of the router's power options, including DC power and redundant power.

Common management interface—The content engine module can be configured and managed from the Cisco IOS Software CLI.

Choice of network interfaces for maximum flexibility—You can use the internal Fast Ethernet to the router backplane for maximum integration, or use the external Fast Ethernet to a LAN switch for maximum performance.

Separate processor for the content engine module maximizes availability—A service interruption on the content engine module does not affect services on the router.

Lower operational costs—The content engine module is covered under Cisco maintenance service for the router. This minimizes operational costs for the network.

Hardware Architecture

The Cisco ACNS Software runs in a separate processor on the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module. The Cisco ACNS Software communicates to the Cisco IOS Software in the router through the internal Fast Ethernet interface, and the internal Cisco ACNS console (Figure 2). The Cisco IOS Software can establish a console session on the Cisco ACNS console via the service-module content-engine <slot>/0 session command. Content engine status is available with the Cisco IOS Software service-module content-engine <slot>/0 status command.

Figure 2

Architecture of the Integrated Content Engine Module and Router

Important Features of Cisco ACNS Software Version 5.1

The Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules use the same Cisco ACNS Software Version 5.1 that is supported on the Cisco 500 Series content engines. For detailed specifications, see the Cisco ACNS Software v5.1 Data Sheet.

Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module Product Summary

Table 1 lists the part numbers and descriptions for the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules.

Table 1  Network Modules

Part Number
Description

NM-CE-BP-40G-K9(=)

Content engine module, basic performance, 40-GB Integrated Drive Electronics (IDE) hard disk

NM-CE-BP-80G-K9(=)

Content engine module, basic performance, 80-GB IDE hard disk; supported in Cisco ACNS Software v5.1 and later

NM-CE-BP-SCSI(=)

Content engine module, basic performance, SCSI controller (requires external SCSI disk array


Table 2 lists the hardware options and spare parts for the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules.

Table 2  Hardware Options and Spares

Part Number
Description

EM-CE-40G=

Expansion module, 40-GB IDE, field upgrade

EM-CE-80G=

Expansion module, 80-GB IDE, field upgrade

EM-CE-SCSI=

Expansion module, SCSI controller, field upgrade

MEM-CE-256U512D

512 MB DRAM factory upgrade for NM-CE-BP

(Not required on 80-GB version; 512 MB is the factory default)

MEM-CE-256D=

256 MB DRAM field upgrade

MEM-256CF-5.1-K9=

256 MB Compact Flash with Cisco ACNS Software v5.1 recovery image


Table 3 lists the software options and licenses for the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules.

Table 3  Software Options and Licenses 

Part Number
Description

SF-ACNS-5.1-K9

Cisco ACNS Software v5.1

AK-ACNS-5.1-K9=

Cisco ACNS v5.1 accessory kit, spare

SF-NM-RCPS(=)

RealNewtorks RealSystem 9 combined proxy and server for Cisco NM-CE-BP

SF-WMS-56(=)

Microsoft Windows Media server—56 Mbps

SF-CE-510-TL-5.0(=)

Multicast client replication software for CE-510 and NM-CE-BP versions

SF-SMF12

SmartFilter software 12-month subscription for Cisco ACNS Software v5.1 (Pricing option depends on number of users)

SF-SMF24

SmartFilter software 24-month subscription for Cisco ACNS Software v5.1 (Pricing option depends on number of users)

SF-SMF36

SmartFilter software 36-month subscription for Cisco ACNS Software v5.1 (Pricing option depends on number of users)

SF-WEB12

Websense Enterprise Master Database 12-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WEB24

Websense Enterprise Master Database 24-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WEB36

Websense Enterprise Master Database 36-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP112

Websense Premium Group I 12-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP124

Websense Premium Group I 24-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP136

Websense Premium Group I 36-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP212

Websense Premium Group I 12-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP224

Websense Premium Group II 24-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP236

Websense Premium Group II 36-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP312

Websense Premium Group III 12-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP324

Websense Premium Group III 24-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)

SF-WP336

Websense Premium Group III 36-month subscription (pricing option per 100 users)


Table 4 lists the routers that support the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules. There is no limit on the number of content engine modules in a router.

Table 4  Cisco Routers Supporting Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Modules

Cisco Router
Support for Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series Content Engine Module

Cisco 2600 Series

Yes

Cisco 2600XM Series multiservice platforms

Yes

Cisco 2691 Multiservice Platform

Yes

Cisco 3620 Multiservice Platform

No

Cisco 3631 Central Office Access Router

No

Cisco 3640, Cisco 3640A multiservice platforms

Yes

Cisco 3660 Multiservice Platform

Yes

Cisco 3725 Multiservice Access Router

Yes

Cisco 3745 Multiservice Access Router

Yes


Cisco IOS Software Support

The Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules support Cisco IOS Software Release 12.2(13)T and later.

Performance

Cisco 2600/3600/3700 content engine modules have ample performance to deliver accelerated content to end users.

HTTP Caching Performance

HTTP caching performance (Table 5) is measured using the Polygraph test tool ( http://www.web-polygraph.org) and the Polymix-4 workload.

Table 5  HTTP Caching Performance 

Feature
Transactions Per Second
Throughput Mbps

HTTP proxy cache

200

11.7

HTTP transparent cache

150

8.2

HTTP transparent cache with Secure Computing SmartFilter software

140

7.8


Streaming Video Performance

The streaming media benchmark tests each use a single short video stream transmitted to all users. This is a best-case performance scenario where the entire video clip is buffered in RAM. Real-world applications tend to use longer video streams, and multiple users watch different video streams. Cisco recommends that customers perform their own testing with parameters that reflect their actual usage.

Windows Media Technologies Stream Serving

The Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules deliver a maximum of 28 Mbps of Windows Media Technologies (WMT) video streams (Table 6). Individual stream rates and number of users have little effect on overall throughput.

Table 6  Windows Media Technologies Streaming Performance

Individual Stream Rate
Number of Simultaneous Viewers
Throughput Mbps

100 Kbps

269

26.9

256 Kbps

109

27.9

800 Kbps

35

28.0


RealSystem Proxy Stream Serving

The RealSystem Proxy uses WCCP redirection and acts as a proxy to the origin server to serve up cached content in RealSystem streaming media format (Table 7). This configuration cannot take advantage of pre-positioned content.

Table 7  Real Proxy Serving Video On Demand

Individual Stream Rate
Number of Simultaneous Viewers
Throughput Mbps

100 Kbps

200

20

256 Kbps

60

15.4

800 Kbps

20

16


RealSystem Server Subscriber

The RealSystem Server Subscriber allows the content engine to serve RealSystem streaming media content directly to the users (Table 8). This allows for the pre-positioning of content in the content engine.

Table 8  Real Server Subscriber Video-On-Demand Streaming

Individual Stream Rate
Number of Simultaneous Viewers
Throughput Mbps

100 Kbps

520

52

256 Kbps

200

51.2

800 Kbps

60

48


Table 9 lists the hardware specifications for the Cisco 2600/3600/3700 Series content engine modules.

Table 9  Hardware Specifications 

Feature
Specifications

Network sizing

Small branch offices

Hardware Features

Processor

500 MHz Intel Mobile Pentium III

Default synchronous dynamic RAM (SDRAM)

256 MB (512 MB for 80-GB version)

Maximum SDRAM

512 MB

Internal disk storage

NM-CE-BP-SCSI-K9 has none

NM-CE-BP-20G-K has 20-GB IDE

NM-CE-BP-40G-K9 has 40-GB IDE

NM-CE-BP-80G-K9 has 80G-IDE

External disk storage

NM-CE-BP-SCSI has external SCSI disk arrays (such as HP DS2100). External disk arrays are not supported on NM-CE-BP-20G-K9, NM-CE-BP-40G-K9, and NM-CE-BP-80G-K9

Network interfaces

One internal 10/100 Mbps Ethernet to router backplane, plus one external
10/100 Mbps Ethernet

Flash memory

16 MB internal memory plus optional external Compact Flash memory

Physical Specifications

Dimensions (H x W x D)

1.55 x 7.10 x 7.2 inches (3.9 x 18.0 x 18.3 centimeters)

Weight

1.5 lbs maximum (0.7 kg maximum)

Operating humidity

5% to 95% noncondensing

Operational temperature

41 to 104°F (5 to 40°C)

Non-operating temperature

-40 to 185°F (-40 to 85°C)

Operational altitude

0-10,000 feet (0-3000 meters)

Safety

UL 1950; CSA-C22.2 No. 950, EN 60950, IEC 60950

EMC

FCC Part 15 Class A; EN55022 Class B; AS/NZS 3548 Class A; CISPR22 Class B; VCCI Class B; EN55024; EN61000-3-2; EN61000-3-3